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July – August 2024

July 15 – 19 

Critter Camp

This is a fun summer camp designed for students that includes lots of activities, including animal interactions, crafts, games, guest speakers, and service projects. It will be held at SPCA Florida Education Building, 5850 Brannen Rd. S. in Lakeland. The cost is $250 per week and space is limited, so sign up now at

July 17 – 21, 24 – 28

Tenoroc Youth Conservation Center Summer Camp

The new Tenoroc Youth Conservation Center located at 3760 Tenoroc Mine Rd. in Lakeland is hosting four weeks of day camp for kids ages 8 – 14. Explore the natural world while kayaking, fishing, learning archery, and more. Campers will receive a fishing rod and tackle, a T-shirt, and a camp water bottle included with the $120 per week fee. For more information and registration, please go to or email

July 20, 27 

Downtown Lakeland Farmers Curb Market

This vibrant, eclectic market brings the community together every Saturday in Downtown Lakeland with fresh, local produce, live plants, and a variety of hot foods and handcrafted wares. It is located on the 200 block of N. Kentucky Ave. in Lakeland from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Saturday, except for the month of August, when no Farmers Market occurs, and is a production of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA). Learn more at Please note: no market in August, will resume on the first Saturday of September, September 7.

July 20, 27 

Grady Goat Yoga Tampa Bay

Every Saturday from 9-11 a.m., Grady Goat Farm hosts a fun and relaxing yoga class featuring their famous goats. Tickets are $39 for each attendee. This delightful event benefits Project G.O.A.T. (Global Offensive Against Trafficking), a charity that works to protect children. Grady Goat Farm is located at 12551 Franklin Rd. in Thonotosassa. Learn about this incredible farm and all that they do by visiting their website at Please note: There will be no classes in August. They will resume on September 7.

July 22 – 26

Kids and Canines Summer Camp

Kids ages 9-14 can have a blast learning how to care for and train their family’s dog from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at one of these weeklong sessions for $245. In addition to canine training, care, and grooming activities, there will also be guest speakers, arts and crafts, and games to play. The camp will be held at 13525 Hwy 301 N. in Thonotosassa. Sign up online at or email for more information.

July 20, 27 and August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Saturday Night Rodeo

This fun, family-friendly rodeo takes place every Saturday through the end of November from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, located at 3200 River Ranch Blvd. in River Ranch. Enjoy the antics of cowpokes and bronco busters as they show off their skills trick riding, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, and more. Kids are invited into the rodeo arena toward the end of the night to participate in a real “calf scramble.” Tickets are $32.05 for adults, $26.70 for children ages 5 – 12, and children ages 4 and younger are free. For more information, please visit

July 27, August 10 and 24

Downtown Farmers Market in Lake Wales

The Lake Wales Downtown Farmer’s Market is sponsored by Lake Wales Main Street and takes place every second and fourth Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 20 N. Market St. in Lake Wales. This producer-only market specializes in locally grown, pesticide-free produce and plants, baked goods, local honey, Florida grove pepper sauces, cheeses, award-winning BBQ sauces and rubs, homemade jams and jellies, natural pet treats, plus a ton of crafts, clothing, and jewelry. For more information, contact Lynn Greenfield at (863) 676-8782 or visit

July 30

Pizza & Plants: Your Guide to a Florida-Friendly Waterfront

Join UF/IFAS Extension Polk County and City of Lakeland Water Utilities at Lake Crago Recreational Center, 525 Lake Crago Drive, Lakeland, for a discussion on best management practices and shoreline plants for a Florida-friendly waterfront. A pizza lunch will be provided during the workshop for pre-registered attendees in attendance. For details and to register: 

August 4

Humane Society Bowl-A-Rama

From 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Cypress Lanes Family Fun Center, 2010 Dundee Rd in Winter Haven, enjoy bowling with friends and family while doing something for The Humane Society of Polk County! A food buffet will be provided, plus there will be raffles, games and tons of fun. Space is limited to reserve your team’s spot on the lanes today by contacting Lisa Baker at or (863) 324-5227. Learn more about the great work done at The Humane Society by visiting

August 5

Dragonflies and Damselflies: Not Just Another Fly!

Join UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Master Gardener Volunteers at the Lake Wales Public Library, 290 Cypress Gardens Lane, Lake Wales to discover the fascinating world of damselflies and dragonflies! From 3 – 4 p.m, learn to identify these insects, understand their life cycles, and explore their roles in the ecosystem. Gain practical tips on building a pond to attract them and create a welcoming habitat in your yard and leave with a better understanding and appreciation for the environmental benefits of these beautiful insects and their role in maintaining ecological balance. Visit for more information and to register. 

August 5

Pesticide Testing

Training provided at the UF/IFAS Polk County Extension office. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., apply and schedule your examination here: and for more information contact 863-519-1049 or 

August 9

Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce 42nd Annual Pig Roast & Political Mingle

Come out and shake hands with local, state, and national political candidates from 6 – 9 p.m. at Tom Fellows Event Center 207 North Blvd. A unique opportunity to meet and speak with Candidates, and includes a catered dinner, entertainment, door prizes, Straw Poll & more! For more information, please call the Northeast Polk Chamber at (863) 422-3751 or go to

August 10

Ask a Master Gardener at the Lake Wales Farmer’s Market

Visit the Polk County Master Gardener booth at the Downtown Farmer’s Market in Lake Wales, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the latest gardening information and to ask gardening questions.

August 21 – 24

Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo

One of Florida’s largest agriculture seminar and trade show events is coming to the Florida State Fairgrounds, located at 4800 US-301 in Tampa! From 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, you can enjoy fellowship with other growers, industry leaders, decision-makers, and vendors while taking in all the latest information relevant to the industry. Explore topics such as pest and disease management, precision agriculture, and what the future has in store with alternative crops. Each day attendees are invited to partake of a “Kuntry Katered” hot lunch. Learn more at

August 23

Wild Hog Management Workshop

Join wild hog experts from UF/IFAS, USDA, and FWC from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for presentations on rangeland ecosystems and the impact of wild hogs and trap set-up demonstrations! Located at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center, 3401 Experiment Station in Ona, Florida. Lunch will also be provided. RSVP to: Lacey McClenithan – FWC/LAP  or 772-696-3587

August 27

Lunch & Learn: Fertilizer Basics in the Lawn & LandscapeJoin UF/IFAS Extension Polk County and Haines City Water Utilities at the Haines City Public Library, 111 North 6th Street Haines City, for a class on an overview of general fertilizer practices. From 12 – 1 p.m., learn what factors to consider before fertilizing​, how to select a fertilizer, and landscape plants​/turfgrass​. Registration is required and seating is limited. Lunch is included for pre-registered, in-person participants registered by August 20. Visit for more information and registration.

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